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Colorado vs. Utah - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah at Colorado
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Coors Events Center
Boulder, CO
The Line
Colorado Buffaloes -6 -- O/U: 145
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Utah Utes and the Colorado Buffaloes meet in Pac-12 college basketball action from the Coors Events Center on Saturday evening.

The Utah Utes will look to build on a 92-79 win over Washington State last time out, splitting their last 8 games in the process. Sedrick Barefield led the Utes with 33 points on 10 of 19 shooting with 5 threes and a share of the team-high with 4 assists while Parker Van Dyke added 17 points with 5 threes. Donnie Tillman added 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 4 threes and team-highs of 11 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of blocks for the double-double while Riley Battin added 11 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Utah in the win. Barefield leads Utah with an average of 16.7 points and 4 assists per game while Jayce Johnson leads the Utes in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Utah is averaging 76 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 38% from behind the 3-point line and 69.8% from the foul line this season.

The Colorado Buffaloes will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 64-55 loss to Washington in their last outing. Tyler Bey led the Buffaloes with 20 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 11 rebounds for the double-double while D’Shawn Schwartz added 10 points as the only other Colorado player to score in double figures in the losing effort for Colorado. McKinley Wright IV had 4 points but also added a team-high 5 assists as well in the loss. Wright IV leads Colorado with an average of 13.2 points and 5 assists per game while Bey leads the Buffaloes in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Colorado is averaging 74.3 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the 3-point line and 73.6% from the foul line this season.

Utah is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 18-8-2 ATS in their last 28 conference games while the over is 9-0 in their last 9 Saturday games. Colorado is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 25-12-1 ATS in their last 38 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Utah is 12-3 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Colorado.

I can definitely understand Colorado being favored at home, as the Utes have had issues with consistency and the Buffaloes have been a tough out at home this season. However, while the Buffs had a couple of tough losses, the fact is that Colorado still lost those games and may have a hard time against a Utah team that can shoot the rock. Not only that, the Utes have been solid on the road and have had Colorado’s number over the years, both overall and at the Coors Events Center. I think the Utes can keep this one close if not win this outright, so I’ll take the points with Utah just to be safe.

Pick:
Utah +6

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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